Mary's Place

A web page about the life of a lady who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Location: Piedmont, Oklahoma, United States

I live in Piedmont, OK, with my Husband of 50 years who has been very supportive. We have 2 sons,David and Kenny, 6 grandkids, and 6 great grandkids. I enjoy feeding and watching the birds and squirrels. Before I was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I ran a Licensed Day Care Home for Infants for 15 years. I noticed I wasn't able to remember important things and having problems with my speech. I was experiencing severe headaches. I would get lost. I didn't know how to use the computer. At the age of 55, I told my doctor. I was sent for an MRI. which showed a large amount of shrinkage. I went to a neurologist who sent me for two days of testing. I was diagnosed with dementia of the Alzheimer's type. My husband and I were both in shock. I had to give up my job. I went to see a social worker. I've taken Aricept for 11 years. I can now use the computer and even do this web page. I also host a chat room for dementia patients. This is a very lonely disease. I don't want anyone to feel as lonely as I did when I was diagnosed (I thought I was the only one over 50 that had Alzheimer's). In 2006 I started taking Namenda. Also I was told I have a mixed dementia, Alzheimer's/Vascular.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Happy Belated Birthday Helen!!! Helen is a classmate in Marietta, Georgia… The wind has been blowing 40 mph. I went out for a short time and almost got blown away… Dave had an appointment with the eye doctor today so they could check the tumor in his eye. The doctor said there was blood inside the tumor and told him to come off all blood thinners and aspirin. He will check him again in three months… The yellow Irises are blooming and Dave picked me a bouquet of them for the house… I fixed lunch, did laundry, chatted with friends in the DASNI chat room, played dominoes, and fixed a spaghetti supper… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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